El-Rufai Moves To Legalise Alcohol For Muslims

By Ikenga Chronicles October 20, 2017

El-Rufai Moves To Legalise Alcohol For Muslims

The Kaduna State government under Governor Nasir El-Rufai has commenced the process of amending a section of the recently passed penal code that seems to prohibit the drinking of alcohol.

This came on the heels of the controversy that the newly passed code, section 383, which appears to make “drinking” a crime in the state is generating.

According to a source close to the Kaduna State governor, section 383 makes it look like drinking was outlawed when in actuality, it was drunkenness that was outlawed. This made it look like the law was against non-Muslims when it wasn’t.

He said, that what the lawmakers passed omitted the reference to “Muslims” and made it appear that there is a general restriction against drinking.

“These sections show that there is no intent to criminalise or prohibit drinking and that therefore Section 383 is an anomaly,” a source said.

This of course means Muslims like all others can drink, provided it does not get to the level of drunkenness.

The official said the government was aware that some persons were trying to take advantage of the issue to cause “unnecessary tension and controversy”.

Speaking, El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan simply said ”the Kaduna State Government upholds, protects and promotes constitutional and human rights of all. Nothing will detract from this commitment”.

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